Evening News May 04

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Eric Granstrom. Before we get to today’s top news stories, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

 

And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight. . .getting around the valley is always a challenge during the Apple Blossom Festival, especially with parades tonight and Saturday, we will walk you through where you can and cannot drive. Its back to the drawing board for the Wenatchee School District’s board of directors following the defeat of a 122 million dollar high school construction bond last month, AND, later this month the Methow Valley State Airport’s pavement will get a makeover.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Late last month, the Washington State Gambling Commission arrested four area residents for their alleged part in a soccer gambling ring.

According to a press release yesterday, Gambling Commission agents raided five businesses and three homes where they seized over 127-thousand dollars in bank accounts, over 65-thousand dollars in cash and two vehicles.

State agents also recovered evidence of illegal gambling, including betting slips and ledgers. The businesses were allegedly accepting or facilitating 200 to 700 bets per week on professional soccer matches played in Mexico.

Search warrants were served on the Futbol-Era Soccer store, the Tienda Mexicana Market and Laundromat and the Tacos Pipu Infante restaurant all in Wenatchee.

In Cashmere agents raided the Tienda Mexicana La Palma restaurant and in Quincy arrests were made at the Tienda Jalisco Restaurant. Authorities say the ring-leader of the illegal soccer betting ring was earning up to 2-thousand dollars per week.

Getting around the valley is always a challenge during the Apple Blossom Festival, especially with parades tonight and Saturday.  NCWLife’s Dan Kuntz walks you through where you can and cannot drive. . .

Its back to the drawing board for the Wenatchee School District’s board of directors following the defeat of a 122 million dollar high school construction bond last month. The board is set to discuss what happened and possible next steps at next Tuesday’s regular meeting and Superintendent Brian Flones tells the Wenatchee World that there are no immediate plans or ideas of how to move forward. Bond campaign committee member Matt Wisen appeared on Monday’s Wake Up Wenatchee Valley program to share his disappointment in outcome of the election . . .

The bond measure fell 3 percentage points short of the 60 percent super majority required for passage.

Methow Valley State Airport’s pavement is getting a makeover. Later this month, Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Aviation begins a $5-million dollar project to replace and rehabilitate the 22-year old runway. It’s the largest runway repaving project ever for the DOT. The airport will be closed to the public on May 14th to allow Wenatchee general contractor, Selland Construction, to start the project. Methow Valley State Airport in Winthrop is the largest of 16 WSDOT-managed airports, serving commercial aircraft that weigh up to 30,000 pounds.

The runway is tentatively scheduled to reopen at the end of June to avoid interfering with the expected fire season operations of the United States Forest Service (USFS), conducted by North Cascades Smokejumper Base (NCSB). The NCSB is prepared to operate out of alternate airports as necessary until construction is completed.

Coming up next, Wenatchee School District’s VEX Robotics team brought home some medals from the World Robotics Championship in Kentucky recently. The City of Wenatchee was presented the 2018 Washington Recreation and Park Association Park and Facilities Spotlight award for the Saddle Rock Gateway and Outdoor Education Area Project, AND, Representative Dan Newhouse announced the winners of the 2018 Congressional Art Competition for high school students in the Fourth Congressional District.  I’m Eric Granstrom and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

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Wenatchee School District’s VEX Robotics team brought home some medals from the World Robotics Championship in Louisville, Kentucky. NCWLife’s Steve Hair reports the team received wide acclaim for their Science, Technology, Engineering and Math skills (STEM). . .

The City of Wenatchee was presented the 2018 Washington Recreation and Park Association Park and Facilities Spotlight award for the Saddle Rock Gateway and Outdoor Education Area Project.

The Saddle Rock Gateway was selected from nominees from around the State as the project resulted in a beneficial, positive impact on the community, successfully addressed a community and regional need and demonstrated a creative use of resources, materials and partnerships. The award was presented during the Washington Recreation and Park Association annual conference in Sea Tac on May 2. The Washington Recreation & Park Association’s mission is to promote excellence of current and future Parks and Recreation professionals through advocacy, education, networking, and training.

Representaive Dan Newhouse announced the winners of the 2018 Congressional Art Competition for high school students in the Fourth Congressional District.

The winning entry, titled “1965”, by Karen Billingsley from Ephrata High School, will be hung in the U.S. Capitol alongside winning entries from congressional districts across the country for one year. The winner will be invited to Washington, D.C. to attend a reception sponsored by the Congressional Institute, which holds the annual competition. Rep. Newhouse has also invited second-place winner Anna Smith at Three Rivers HomeLink to hang her entry, Tranquility, in his D.C. office. Rep. Newhouse invited tied third-place winner Emilee Black at West Valley High School to display Goat Rocks in his Yakima office and Katrina Sybouts at West Valley High School to display The Golden Hour in his Tri-Cities office.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, I’ll have your sports update and our feature story tonight. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

 

The Wenatchee Wild will try again tonight to capture the Doyle Cup Championship in Game 5 of its series with Spruce Grove…

The Saints won two nights ago 5-2 after losing only its 5th game of the season on home ice Tuesday.  If necessary, Games 6 and 7 will also be at the Grant Fuhr Arena tomorrow and Sunday at 6 o’clock.  The winner of the Doyle Cup will represent the Pacific Region in the RBC (Royal Bank of Canada) Cup beginning next Saturday in Chilliwack, B.C.  Tonight’s game starts at 6 o’clock.

If you want to watch games that have been played so far between Wenatchee and Spruce Grove, tune in for Game 2 Saturday night at 7 o’clock and Game 3 Sunday night at 8 right here on your official home for the Wenatchee Wild, NCWLIFE Channel.

Turning to the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard from yesterday…

In high school tennis, Wenatchee swept Davis 7-0 for the boys and 6-1 for the girls.  Eastmont was swept by West Valley 7-0 and 7-0.  And Cashmere swept Cle Elum by a score of 4-to-1 for both the boys and the girls.

Also, the Wenatchee Valley Thunder played a hard-fought game with Richland last night in the Tri Cities and fell 8-to-4…

The two teams finished tied for first in their league but we believe Wenatchee gets the #1 seed in the playoffs due to their overall record of 15-and-2 versus Richland’s 12-and-5.  Also, Wenatchee’s goals-for total on the season is 203 to Richland’s 201.  Wenatchee’s first playoff game is next Saturday in the Apple Bowl.

On the prep schedule for today, starting in baseball…

Wenatchee hosts Eastmont in a Big 9 doubleheader today at Rec. Park at 4 o’clock.  There’s still plenty on the line, including three of the top four spots in the Big 9.  If either team sweeps, they’d capture 2nd place in the Big 9 and a trip to the District Semifinals.  A split would mean 3rd place for Eastmont and 4th for Wenatchee since they’d end with the same record, but the Wildcats would have won 2-of-3 in the head-to-head matchup.  A split would also mean Eastmont and Wenatchee would host district play-in games next Tuesday.

The Caribou Trail League wraps up its regular season today and tomorrow as Chelan hosts Cascade and Okanogan travels to Cashmere today at 4:30.  Cascade heads to Omak tomorrow for an 11am doubleheader.  Also tomorrow, Waterville-Mansfield faces Tri-Cities Prep at noon in the District 5-6 2B Tournament in Moses Lake.  Brewster also has a first-round game at Noon against Liberty Christian.

All the girls softball games will be played today…

Chelan hosts Cashmere in a doubleheader while Cascade travels to Omak for two at 3pm.  Wenatchee is at Eastmont for two games as well at 4pm.  The Panthers currently hold the 2nd spot in the Big 9 heading into today but this wraps up the regular season for Wenatchee.  After today, Eastmont still has three games next week against current #1 Moses Lake.

The post-season begins today and tomorrow for area boys soccer teams…

Wenatchee hosts West Valley in a Big 9 District Play-in game tonight at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl.  They’ll kick off a 7 o’clock with the winner advancing to play the winner of tonight’s other play-in between Eisenhower and Sunnyside.

Tomorrow, the CTL/CWB District Soccer Tournament begins with Cascade hosting Manson while Cashmere travels to Bridgeport.  Both games start at 11am and both are loser-out scenarios.

Track and tennis also winds down its season this weekend…

Chelan is at Royal for the Ron Vanderhold Invite today at 3:30.  Liberty Bell hosts Entiat at 3:30.  It’s also a 3:30 start time for Cashmere at Cle Elum.

In tennis today, Chelan’s at Cashmere; Cascade travels to Omak and Entiat hosts Oroville…all at 4 o’clock.

It’s a busy weekend on our sports calendar…

It starts with the Tour de Bloom today with the road race in Plain.  They do a hill climb tomorrow morning from Squilchuck State Park to Mission Ridge.  Then tomorrow afternoon and evening they’ll close off a portion of Wenatchee Avenue downtown for the Twilight Criterium.  Then on Sunday, it’s another road race on the Waterville Plateau.

Prior to tomorrow’s Stemilt Growers Grand Parade is the 27th Annual Apple Blossom Run.  There’s a 2.1K for kids, 5k and 10k runs along the Apple Blossom Parade route.  It all starts at 8am at Triangle Park.

The local men’s softball league is hosting its annual Spring Opener Tournament at Walla Walla Point Park tomorrow and Sunday.

The Apple Blossom 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament is tomorrow and Sunday at Wenatchee Valley College.

The Rugrat Nation Basketball Tournament is Saturday from 2-to-6pm at Pybus Market.

The Mariners used a recipe that’s worked well up to this point on the season last night in a 4-1 victory over Oakland…good pitching and timely hitting…

Wade LeBlanc and four other pitchers combined on a 6-hit, 1-run win for Seattle as the M’s took 2-of-3 from the A’s in the series.  Robinson Cano drove in two runs with RBI singles in the 1st and 3rd innings.  Nelson Cruz continued to crush the ball, hitting his 7th home run in the 3rd that scored Cano.  The Mariners host the Los Angeles Angels in the first of a weekend series tonight at 7:10 as Mike Leake will go up against Garrett Richards.

Also, prior to the game last night, the Mariners announced that Ichiro would be transitioning to a front office position within the franchise and would not play again this season.  Uniquely, he’ll still be in the clubhouse and take batting practice and fielding drills before each game.  He just won’t play IN the games.

Finally, just a quick note, Wenatchee High School alum and current stud for the Wenatchee Valley Knights baseball team, Dalton Harum, will play Division 1 ball next year for Virginia Tech.  He made the announcement this week.  Harum has the career mark for WVC in home runs with 11 and currently leads the entire NWAACC in batting average.  Congratulations to Dalton Harum!

 

Dan Kuntz has braved the gastro-intestinal gallop through the Apple Blossom Food Fair for the past 9-days of the festival.  Today, on his final stop, it may be Ukrainian in origin but it’s as American as Apple Pie during food fair…it’s Piroshky time!

We’ll be back with a recap of some of our top stories and your complete local weather forecast right after this.

Welcome back to the NCWLife Evening News…

Late last month, the Washington State Gambling Commission arrested four area residents for their alleged part in a soccer gambling ring.

According to a press release yesterday, Gambling Commission agents raided five businesses and three homes where they seized over 127-thousand dollars in bank accounts, over 65-thousand dollars in cash and two vehicles.

State agents also recovered evidence of illegal gambling, including betting slips and ledgers. The businesses were allegedly accepting or facilitating 200 to 700 bets per week on professional soccer matches played in Mexico.

Search warrants were served on the Futbol-Era Soccer store, the Tienda Mexicana Market and Laundromat and the Tacos Pipu Infante restaurant all in Wenatchee.

In Cashmere agents raided the Tienda Mexicana La Palma restaurant and in Quincy arrests were made at the Tienda Jalisco Rrestaurant. Authorities say the ring-leader of the illegal soccer betting ring was earning up to 2-thousand dollars per week.

Getting around the valley is always a challenge during the Apple Blossom Festival, especially with parades tonight and Saturday.  Dan Kuntz walks you through where you can and cannot drive.

The ridge of high pressure that has been bringing us all this beautiful weather is flattening as the next weather trough nears the southern British Columbia Coast. There were more clouds today across the region and temperatures were a degree or two cooler than yesterday. Ahead of the weather system, winds blew from 10 to 20 mph with gusts of 20 to 25 mph in some locations. On Saturday, the trough will shift taking most of the moisture associated with it to the east. For the Grand Parade we can expect partly cloudy skies with highs in the mid-70’s. To end the weekend on Sunday, things could get interesting. A moist mid-level area of low pressure moves into Southern Oregon bringing with it lots of clouds and with our warm temperatures, a 30% chance of thunderstorms by late afternoon/early evening. A ridge of high pressure moves back in briefly on Monday and Tuesday with sunshine and temperatures in the low to mid-80’s. Mid-week next week expect active weather with showers and cooler temperatures. Here’s your forecast. . .

Finally tonight, this video was recently shared by Chelan County Volunteer Search and Rescue on their facebook page. The group was doing some training with Reba the bloodhound. She and her handler Sarah Tulla-Marie Stenberg are training hard to prepare for their certification evaluation coming up this summer. Here is a video of Reba finding one of the volunteers hiding in some thick brush. . .

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And that’s going to do it for our newscast tonight. For more on these stories and other news from around North Central Washington, you can find us on Facebook or our website at ncwlife.com. And, remember, if you see news happening we’d like to hear from you.  You can send us an email at news@ncwlife.com, or give us a call 888-NCWL (6295). Also, keep it right here on the NCWLIFE Channel Monday morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz and news with Steve Hair. Thanks for joining us and have a great Apple Blossom weekend.